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Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the principles and processes involved in research design, data measurement and collection, such as sampling, measurement reliability and validity
  2. critique research design including experimental, quasi-experimental and observational designs, such as cross-sectional descriptive case studies
  3. follow the concepts of hypothesis testing and apply appropriate methods (with analytical software, where appropriate) to analyse and interpret health related data.
    • Introduction to biostatistics, frequency distributions
    • Introduction to research methods, critical appraisal
    • Descriptive statistics
    • Inferential statistics
    • Deciding which statistical methods to use
    • Data collection process, Survey Monkey
    • Observational studies
    • Interventional studies
    • Sampling
    • Measurement reliability and validity, bias
    • Reseach ethics

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

  • CUR-HIM-GDI-2018
  • CUR-HIM-MAS-2018
  • CUR-MHP-MAS-2018
  • CUR-MPH-GCE-2018
  • CUR-MPH-GDI-2018
  • CUR-MPH-MAS-2018
  • CUR-HIM-GCE-2018
  • CUR-MHP-GDI-2018
  • CUR-MHP-GCE-2018
  • CUR-MPH-MAS-2018
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2018
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2018

Special requirements

No special requirements

Introduction to the scientific method, cross-sectional, experimental, quasi-experimental, descriptive case studies. Issues of sampling, bias, sample size calculation. Measurement issues: questionnaire development, reliability and validity of measurement tools and errors. Interpretation of data analysed from appropriate methods. Introduction to non-parametric tests. Ethics in research. Use of statistical software. Elements of critical appraisal.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Synopsis (20%)
  • Computing assessment (35%)
  • Research Proposal (45%)

Textbook information is pending.

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